It was one thing for former Rep. Anthony Weiner to seek a return to public office after resigning two years ago over a sex scandal that existed only in cyberspace, and, of course, lying to the public about it for weeks. It’s another thing altogether for former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who resigned five years ago after a real-life sex scandal involving actual crimes, to try the same.
Spitzer, who quit in order to avoid being charged with repeatedly hiring prostitutes, a violation of state law, and having them cross state lines to visit him, a violation of federal law, is running for city comptroller. He announced this week, apparently considering the office an easy target because only one other Democrat, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, was running. Also running are Republican John Burnett and Libertarian Kristin Davis, Spitzer’s old madam!
Weiner had wanted to run for mayor for a long time before he stepped down, and knows where he wants to take the city. Spitzer, by contrast, has never shown public interest in the comptroller’s office, and as a former prosecutor doesn’t seem especially suited to the job.
We wonder if Spitzer’s run will give voters some kind of sex-scandal fatigue that could harm Weiner’s candidacy. We’re not endorsing anyone yet, but Weiner has ideas worth considering, and shouldn’t suffer just because another hound wants on the ballot.